Welcome Home 96th Transportation Company
By Sgt. Angiene Myers
13th SC (E) PAO
96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) returned home from their fifth rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Thursday, June 14, 2007, with a welcome home celebration at Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center.
96th provided heavy lift transportation support while deployed in Kuwait and Iraq. This particular unit is probably one of the most deployed units in the Army and was also one of the first units to deploy from Fort Hood in support of OIF.
Deployment is no stranger to the family members of the 96th Trans. Among all the supporters and families that came to Ft Hood for the homecoming was Stella Pitts, who awaited the return of her husband, Staff Sgt. Pitts from his fifth deployment. This last deployment was not any easier even though Stella has become a veteran with deployments.
“It’s still difficult…of course I miss him all the time” Stella said, “He has a very incredible influence in my life”. She continued, “Every chance we get, we email and I don’t ever want to miss a phone call...but if he goes again, he has my support”.
Not all 96 Trans family members were veterans.
For the Guyett Family, this was a new chapter in their lives. This was the first deployment that her family had to endure. After nine months of separation, Shawna couldn’t wait to lay eyes on her husband, Pvt. First Class Guyett. It has been a big change for the family, which includes their son Tristan (9) and daughters Shaylee (7) and Sydnee (4) but they have learned to cope with dad being deployed.
“It’s been rough but once he was gone, we got into a routine…we got to talk to him a lot so that helps”, Shawna said.
It was a big change for the kids without their father around but with other children around them dealing with the same situation, assures the Guyett children that they are not alone. Shawna explains that it was beneficial that the children have other kids around that are in same situation.
“It helps that they have all their friends on post (Fort Hood) whose parents are deployed”.
Not wanting to prolong the wait between the Soldiers and their families from their long awaited homecoming, Col. Terence Hermans, 4th Sustainment Brigade commander, briefly gave his final remarks commending the Soldiers of the 96th Transportation Company for a job well done.
“We all thank you for your service to this country and you are truly America’s heroes”, Hermans continued, by also saying thank you to the family members that supported the Soldiers during their deployment.
“You (loved ones) are also America’s heroes and we applaud your efforts”.
At the 96th Transportation Battalion homecoming, held at Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center, Stella Pitts greeted her husband Staff Sgt. Pitts with a bright smile and opened arms after his fifth deployment.
Soldiers of the 96th Transportation Battalion and their loved ones saluted the flag as the the national anthem played during their homecoming celebration at Kieschnick Fitness Center June 14.